Saint Peters Blog


By: Peter Schorsch


FIRST IN SUNBURN — NEW CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM GROUP LAUNCHING TONIGHTvia Florida Politics –A new criminal justice reform organization is holding a kickoff event Thursday in Tallahassee with anti-tax crusaderGrover Norquistas featured guest.

The Coalition to Advance Justice will hold the invitation-only reception to introduce the organization to key lawmakers and policy influencers.It will be atthe James Madison Institute, the Florida-based conservative think tank, and sponsored by Bridges of America, a substance-abuse treatment and community re-entry program headquartered in Orlando.

The new group is led byJim DeBeaugrine, a former longtime staff director for the House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee and Executive Director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.He is currently a lobbyist who represents an array of Florida nonprofits. The initial board is composed of members representing a broad range of professional disciplines involved in the criminal justice system in the state of Florida.